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Barcelona FCB De Jong (48'), Depay (88'), Coutinho (Pen 90+4)
Primera Division Gameweek 15
Nov 27, 2021 KO: 20:00

Villarreal - Barcelona

Estadio de la Cerámica Villarreal
Referee: César Soto
  48' De Jong
Chukwueze 76'  
  88' Depay
  90+4 Coutinho (Pen)

Match preview

Dembele to be risked? How Barcelona could line up against Villarreal

Xavi goes into his third match as Barcelona head coach undefeated but facing a major challenge against Villarreal in La Liga

Xavi’s undefeated start at Barcelona will be tested on Saturday, when he takes his side to face Villarreal in La Liga.

An unspectacular 1-0 win over Espanyol in the derby last weekend was a good start for the icon, who then watched his team draw 0-0 with Benfica in the Champions League on Tuesday, leaving their fate in their own hands ahead of a trip to Bayern Munich in Matchday 6.

While there remain concerns that Memphis Depay is not the man to fire Barca to glory, for the moment the Dutchman remains their best bet in the No.9 role. Martin Braithwaite remains a long-term injury doubt while there is no guarantee that Sergio Aguero will even play again after a recent heart scare.

To make matters worse, winger Ansu Fati remains on the sidelines while creative midfielder Pedri will not be able to make his return any time soon.

Xavi admitted that using Ousmane Dembele on Tuesday for 25 minutes off the bench was “a risk”, hinting that the France international will not be ready to start against Villarreal. Even if he is, he will surely be limited in his minutes.

Yusuf Demir and Gavi could be used in support of Memphis.

Meanwhile, the midfield foundations are being firmly laid around Sergi Busquets and Frenkie de Jong during the period of Pedri’s absence. Nico Gonzalez could also feature.

Barca used a three-man defence in midweek, though this system may need re-evaluated if Ronald Araujo is not fit. Sergi Roberto is also a doubt in the rearguard, while Dani Alves will not be eligible to make his second debut for the club until January.

Sergino Dest and Jordi Alba could, then, flank Gerard Pique and Eric Garcia, while Marc-Andre ter Stegen will, of course, keep goal for the Catalans.

Villarreal are likely to be handicapped with the absence of ace striker Gerard Moreno, whole Paco Alcacer is also a doubt.

Possible Barcelona starting XI versus Villarreal

Match statistics

Villarreal
Statistics
Barcelona
Games Played
20
20
 
Results
 
Wins
6
8
Draws
8
6
Losses
6
6
 
Goals Scoring
 
Goals Scored
26
24
Goals Per Game
1.30
1.20
More > 2.5 Goals
8
9
More > 3 Goals
5
3
Scored First in a Match
9
10
Scored Both Halves
6
3
Won More > 1 Goal
4
3
 
Other
 
Goals Conceded
22
23
Did Not Score
6
6
Both Teams Scored
11
9
Kept Clean Sheet
7
7
Won Without Conceding
3
5
Games Played
20
20
 
Possession
 
Touches
707
894
Possession
40
66
Passes
451
716
 
Attacking
 
Total Shots
12
12
Shots on Target
4.40
4.16
Goals out of Shots
0.14
0.10
Crosses
18
14
Offsides
2.53
2.61
Penalties
0.00
0.15
 
Defensive
 
Clean Sheets
0.35
0.35
Tackles Won
-
-
Clearances
27
9.50
Interceptions
8.00
7.00
Own Goals
0.05
0.00
Aerials Won
21
10.00
Total Shots Conceded
12
10
Shots on Target Conceded
3.65
3.58
Goals out of Shots Conceded
0.10
0.14
 
Discipline
 
Fouls
12
13
Yellow Cards
1.60
1.40
Red Cards
0.00
0.05

Injuries

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In suspension danger

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